How do you know you are ready to tackle a mountain summit?
How do you know you are ready to take on a trek up a mountain? You take the Mountain Fitness Assessment™
Our philosophy is based in seeing your strength when you are fresh and going through the paces of going up, then reassess your strength following. As the pre- and post-strength numbers approach equality, then we know how tolerant your system is handling the mountain environment. When you have this proper assessment, then you can design your programming.
With this philosophical perspective in place, then you need to go assess your level of fitness and have means of comparing it to what would be necessary to attempt a summit or race, or other event. This can be done by first looking at the road, trail, rock, ice or snow route you desire, then finding the attributes an individual would need to overcome its challenge. Details include but are not limited to the following:
•Slope •Elevation •Distance •Time •Load •Rock/Snow/Ice By finding the correct challenges in the optimal order to meet the Individuals mechanical and output capability for each of these conditions, then we can properly assess an individuals ability to adapt to the desired mountain environment. We further breakdown these components in our Mountain Tolerance™ assessment, or the adaptation to the biochemical aspects of the mountain environment, and Climbing Tolerance™, or the adaption to the biomechanical aspects of the mountain environment. Depending on your condition and sport, one may be a more important focus than the other.
In addition, it is preferable to understand how your body is managing nutrition, digestion and recovery while you train through your cycles. Monitoring digestion and bowel movement quality and sleep can be simple tools to understand how your body is managing recovery after the stress from training.
Finally, for some with personal challenges or those tackling larger mountains, you will need a more challenging and specific fitness assessment to match those demands. It would be ideal to take on a full assessment of how your body handles pack or trailer load on mountain terrain and in hypoxic conditions. To further understand how we break it down, please review our Mountain Fitness Assessment™ protocol.
Disclaimer: Rich Rife and Mountain Fitness Research, Inc are neither physicians, healthcare providers, physical therapists nor dieticians and the information presented on this site written, in video or in audio are experimental, experiential, and exploratory in nature. Before beginning any diet or fitness program, you should visit your primary healthcare provider to determine your status to proceed.